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Water-Driven Assembly of Laser Ablation-Induced Au Condensates as Mesomorphic Nano- and Micro-Tubes

Chang-Ning Huang1, Shuei-Yuan Chen2, Yuyuan Zheng1 and Pouyan Shen1*

Author Affiliations

1 Institute of Materials Science and Engineering, Department of Materials and Optoelectronic Science, Center for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, National Sun Yat-sen University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan, ROC

2 Department of Mechanical and Automation Engineering, I-Shou University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan, ROC

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Nanoscale Research Letters 2009, 4:1064-1072  doi:10.1007/s11671-009-9359-x

Published: 6 June 2009

Abstract

Reddish Au condensates, predominant atom clusters and minor amount of multiply twinned particles and fcc nanoparticles with internal compressive stress, were produced by pulsed laser ablation on gold target in de-ionized water under a very high power density. Such condensates were self-assembled as lamellae and then nano- to micro-diameter tubes with multiple walls when aged at room temperature in water for up to 40 days. The nano- and micro-tubes have a lamellar- and relaxed fcc-type wall, respectively, both following partial epitaxial relationship with the co-existing multiply twinned nanoparticles. The entangled tubes, being mesomorphic with a large extent of bifurcation, flexibility, opaqueness, and surface-enhanced Raman scattering, may have potential encapsulated and catalytic/label applications in biomedical systems.

Keywords:
Gold; Nanocondensates; Nanotubes; Self-assembly; Water